John, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

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Duke of Holstein
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Born (1583-07-09)9 July 1583
Died 28 October 1602(1602-10-28) (aged 19)
House Oldenburg
Father Frederick II of Denmark
Mother Sofie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Johan of Schleswig-Holstein (9 July 1583 – 28 October 1602) was the youngest son of Frederick II of Denmark and Norway and Sophia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He went to Russia in 1602 as the bridegroom of Boris Godunov's daughter Ksenia (Xenia), but fell ill and died before the marriage could take place.

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  • In Alexander Pushkin's chamber drama Boris Godunov and the Mussorgsky opera based on it, Johan is referred to in Boris's monologue "I have attained the highest power":

I thought to make my daughter happy
By wedlock. Like a tempest Death took off
Her bridegroom—and at once a stealthy rumour
Pronounced me guilty of my daughter's grief--
Me, me, the hapless father!



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